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Tuesday, 4 July, 2000, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
How Civil List millions are spent
The Queen and Prince Philip at a garden party
The cost of garden parties has risen considerably
The 7.9m a year the Royal Family receives from the Civil List is spent on things as diverse as laundry to stationery for garden party invitations.

Although Prime Minister Tony Blair announced on Tuesday the money for the list has been frozen for a further 10 years, the cost of many of the Royal Family's outgoings has been rising.

In 1991 the Royal Family spent 284,513 on food but it is expected to spend 393,544 in 2000.

Spending increases 1991-2000
Wine and spirits: 66,178 to 120,399
Tent hire: 74,912 to 139,810.
Stationery for invitations: 11,728 to 13,200.
Official presents: 466 to 24,500.
Salaries: 3,381,710 to 4,709,971.
The money spent of wines and spirits has leapt in 10 years from 66,178 to 120,399.

The cost of crockery and cutlery has also gone up from 10,652 to 17,800.

Garden parties are a regular feature of the Royal Family's year and they are proving more expensive to hold.

The cost of hiring tents has gone up from 74,912 to 139,810 and the cost of stationery for invitations has risen from 11,728 to 13,200.

But the Royal Family's efforts at reducing its costs has also seen some noticeable drops in expenditure.

The royal household's laundry bill has gone down from 60,265 to 59,450 and the cost of linen has dropped from 16,969 to 15,250.

Royal kitchens
Spending on food has risen by 110,000 in 10 years
The price of furnishings at the Royal palaces has also dropped, down from 132,284 to 102,884.

And the money spent by the Royal Family on computers has dropped from 98,629 to nothing.

But the travelling that the Royal Family does takes up a large chunk of its finances.

Money spent on carriage horses has leapt from 8,000 to 12,000.

The cost of car hire rose from 37,711 to 39,566 and, like everyone else in the UK, the rising cost of petrol has also hit the Royal Family.

Royal savings 1991-2000
Laundry: 60,265 to 59,450.
Linen: 16,969 to 15,250.
Furnishings: 132,284 to 102,884.
Computers: 98,629 to 0.
They now spend 43,150 on fuel as opposed to 25,013 in 1991.

The Royal Family also has to spend money on uniforms and protective clothing which has gone up from 66,847 to 82,631.

The outgoings on flowers has risen from 23,250 to 30,000.

And the money spent on official presents has gone up from a miserly 466 in 1991 to 24,500.

The cost of establishing a press cuttings services has risen from nothing to 26,450.

And the money spent on legal advice and other professional services is up from 18,615 to 72,125.

The Royal Family has also seen an increase in the amount of salaries it pays out to its staff, rising from 3,381,710 to 4,709,971.

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